Ingrid Karbin, Science Teacher,Willingdon School,EMSB
Water: One of Canada’s Greatest Natural Resources
Level: Cycle 3 ( Grades 5 and 6)
Intellectual, Environmental, Social, Cultural, Technological.
To investigate how important a resource water is in Canada - how much it makes up part our landscape, lakes and rivers, groundwater, aquifers, polar cap, permafrost, glaciers.
To do a scientific study of water in its various forms -solid, liquid, gas, its physical properties, its uses, the water cycle.
To find activities and experiments that help students discover the properties of water that make it so useful to all living things.
To investigate the sources of water, in urban areas, filtration plants, disposal of sewage
To do research to investigate how water is being contaminated and or wasted.
To investigate the impact of this on wildlife as well as people.
To find solutions to environmental problems where water is involved.
To investigate such issues as polar melting, rising ocean level – causes and consequences
To build models that illustrate the above.
Cultural and Social
To find examples of how water is incorporated in social and cultural experiences e.g. Baptism, Ritual Bathing, and as such the importance it is given.in religious beliefs and as such to explore the similarities as well as the differences in various religious traditions
To find examples of folk culture, native traditions and superstition e.g divining rods, rain dances. To find examples of these dances and learn how to perform some of them
To investigate how artists have represented water in all its forms particularly in Canada in painting, songs, music. To provide examples of the above
To use the Internet to find sites where information can be found to find answers to the above questions.
To find books,magazines and films and television programs that can provide information on the topic of water in Canada.
Role of Teacher-
To provide certain guidelines for research e.g topics, relevant terms, appropriate websites, a suggested bibliography; to provide other experiences that relate to water in a cross-curricular way.
To prepare a project which will include a scientific experiment that deals with water, water conservation,water pollution with relevant background material. Photographs scanned from magazines or printed from the Internet should be included. They should create a bibliography as well as a list of websites, TV listings relating to the topic.